From Toronto Sun
Two days after Canadians voted for a change of government, Kurdish soldiers, supported by American Special Forces commandos, stormed an ISIS jail in Hawija, north of Baghdad in Iraq, and rescued about 70 Kurdish and Iraqi prisoners who were hours from execution.
Grave trenches had been freshly dug for what would have been another mass killing by ISIS terrorists.
It was the first time U.S. ground forces had joined Kurdish forces in combat. A U.S. soldier, Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler, was killed in the operation, the first U.S. military fatality since operations against ISIS began.
As soon as the commandoes and their freed prisoners had escaped, coalition air forces bombed the prison and destroyed it. Coalition air forces also played a key role in support of the operation, destroying nearby bridges so that ISIS could not reinforce those under attack at its jail.
The U.S., like Canada, has committed only to an aerial combat role against ISIS. American special forces, like Canadian special forces, are supposed to be off the front lines, providing training to Kurdish and Iraqi forces.
But when Kurdish forces asked for direct military help to prevent a massacre of those 70 prisoners, the U.S. Defence Secretary, Ashton Carter, personally intervened and approved the mission, a mission that cost one U.S. serviceman his life.
“They were going with or without us,” a U.S. Defense Department official told the New York Times. “We wanted to stand behind an important ally.”
Canada, alas, appears ready to desert our coalition allies and allies in the region, be they Kurds, Yazidis, or Iraqis.
Prime Minister designate Justin Trudeau campaigned on a commitment to disengage from the combat mission and, instead, focus on military training of Kurdish and Iraq forces combined with more humanitarian aid.
The outgoing Conservative government was also committed to training and aid.
But it’s clear that no amount of humanitarian aid would have saved the the souls in that Hawija jail from their deaths by execution. And no amount of military training would have replaced the Western airpower that Kurdish military forces needed to make the rescue operation a success.
Only a military operation, mounted with the kind of Western airpower that Canada and its coalition allies are providing, saved those lives.
As of Monday this week, Royal Canadian Air Force planes had conducted 1,669 sorties over Syria and Iraq. More than 1,000 of those sorties involved our CF-18 fighter jets seeking out and often destroying ISIS targets.
Trudeau said he’d stop all that. He won a majority and he has the votes to do as he pleases.
But on this promise, surely there might be grounds for him to reconsider. Liberal grandees like Lloyd Axworthy — who one could hardly call a warmonger — Bob Rae, Ujjal Dosanjh, and Romeo Dallaire all disagreed with Trudeau’s initial decision to vote against this mission.
Several polls earlier this year found broad support for the combat mission combined with robust humanitarian aid.
Trudeau has committed to so-called “evidence-based” policymaking. On this crucial foreign policy decision, surely there is much evidence to suggest that Canada’s combat mission, limited as it is, is vital to our national interest and vital to those, like the ones rescued last week from an ISIS jail, whose very lives depend on a robust military response from the West to the ISIS threat.
Unfortunately….Mein Fuhrer Turd-boy doesn’t see ISIS as threat! He see’s them as simply misunderstood and in need of a hug and a warm Parka!
Turd-boy has his orders from the House of Saud…”Don’t you dare hurt our forces of terrorism! Pull out your planes and your troops! Be a good muslim.”
Mein Fuhrer doesn’t have any so-called “evidence-based” policymaking! He makes it all up in his marijuana induced haze of reality. He doesn’t see the Yazidi’s, Kurds or Iraqi’s as allies due to his Wahhabi influence. Only the House of Saud type of islam is the true islam.
To all our Military …..I personally want to thank you for your sacrifices you have made to keep Canada safe and also for helping to save the lives of those who are being persecuted for their beliefs by ISIS terrorists. Be Proud and be strong!